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04/24/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Cyber-criminals are getting better at finding ways to extract large sums of money from companies through the use of email and phishing attacks.
04/24/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEW-PRODUCT NEWS: Slack unwrapped several new features at its annual Frontiers conference, including the new no-code Workflow Builder and the ability for traditional email users to participate in Slack messaging.
04/24/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK is building a new IT products and services section that encompasses most of the categories that we cover on our site. In it, we will spotlight the leaders in each sector, which include enterprise software, hardware, security, on-premises-based systems and cloud services. We also will add promising new companies as they come into the market.
04/24/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Kubernetes has become a standard way—many would say the standard way — to deploy containerized applications at scale. But if Kubernetes helps us to tame sprawling and complex container deployments, what’s available to help us tame Kubernetes? It too can be complex, messy, and difficult to manage.

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04/23/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: Machine learning and artificial intelligence can be hard terms to define, so how does this play into security product marketing? Are the terms being oversold--or undersold--to potential buyers? Here are some suggestions on what questions to ask security vendors.
04/23/2019   eWeek Cloud News
VMware is including the Pod Security Policy capability, which is still considered to be a beta feature in the open-source Kubernetes cloud-native container orchestration project, as a supported component in its enterprise-grade Kubernetes platform.
04/23/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It can take anywhere from a day to two months to move a workload or application to the public cloud. This has been so tough to predict that a few niche consulting firms, public cloud providers, and thought leadership dudes (like me) think they can successfully model this within a few percentages of what it will actually cost and how long it will take.

While this is a nice idea, the reality is that a few things can’t be easily modeled, such as bad application and data architecture.

Almost all of the application workloads and data sets that I migrate to cloud look like they have been designed by committees—and in some cases they have. They are not capable of scaling or using the databases correctly, and worse, the databases are designed so badly that they hold redundant data, are not properly indexed, and are tightly coupled to the application itself. Sound familiar?

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04/22/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK reviews, compares and contrasts the market’s finest SIEM products—tools that can help you manage your overall IT security from a single control location.
04/22/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: By 2023, Forrester is forecasting that the global market for cloud security solutions will reach $12.7 billion, as organizations across multiple sectors continue to deploy mission-critical workloads in the public cloud.
04/21/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK IT SCIENCE: Desigual had a five-month runway to deliver an assisted-shopping application and one additional month to roll it out. With Docker's help, it was delivered and deployed on time and efficiently.
04/19/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The internet of things (IoT) and cloud-based providers are bound at the hip. That said, most people don’t understand how, why, or what to expect. I’ve been asked some good questions that drove me to do some research and testing. Perhaps the answers are of interest to you as well.

1. Do you store the data in the cloud or the IoT device?

This depends on a lot of things, but I have two rules of thumb: 

04/19/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Both Oracle and IBM have missed out on a $10 billion U.S. Department of Defense cloud contract. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft remain in the running. While $10 billion is a big prize, the bigger concern is that Oracle and IBM are increasingly out of the running for the much larger grand prize of $117 billion in cloud spending (across IaaS and PaaS) expected by 2021, according to IDC.

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04/19/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Docker is a software platform for building applications based on containers — small and lightweight execution environments that make shared use of the operating system kernel but otherwise run in isolation from one another. While containers as a concept have been around for some time, Docker, an open source project launched in 2013, helped popularize the technology, and has helped drive the trend towards containerization and microservices in software development that has come to be known as cloud-native development.

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04/18/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: The traditional enterprise software axis of Oracle and SAP has infiltrated Google, which until now was known as a technology powerhouse that was lacking in enterprise chops.
04/17/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Blink and you might miss some of the most interesting developments around Docker these days. Kubernetes may be getting more of the hot-new-tool thunder, but Docker continues to offer “just enough” container orchestration for most development projects and deployments.

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04/16/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: We present several examples of efficient and sustainable energy innovations that are transforming the data center industry from a power-guzzler to one of energy efficiency.
04/16/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

People come to me all of the time looking to reengineer their IT career with a cloud computing makeover. While this is typically a good move, I find that as the world of cloud computing becomes more complex, those looking to get higher-paying cloud computing jobs are making some wrong calls. Here’s two of the most common.

Mistake No. 1: Going too wide

I’ve often explained the benefit of being a jack of all trades, and master of some to people wanting to become a cloud computing architect. These are people who understand cloud technology and can pick and choose the optimal solutions to create a foundational cloud architecture.

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04/16/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Despite more than a decade of cloud migration, there’s still a vast amount of data running on-premises. That’s not surprising since data migrations, even between similar systems, are complex, slow, and add risk to your day-to-day operations. Moving to the cloud adds additional management overhead, raising questions of network connectivity and bandwidth, as well as the variable costs associated with running cloud databases.

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04/15/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
04/15/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: Big retailers like Amazon don’t offer brands much control over their customer experience, so Toys 'R' Us can set itself up for success by working together with brands to help create the ultimate customer experience and give them more control throughout the shopping journey.
04/12/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEW-PRODUCT NEWS: The addition is the latest hosting option available for enterprise Azure users as they refine their Azure cloud deployments.
04/11/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Eirini, an open source project that integrates the Cloud Foundry cloud application platform with the Kubernetes container management platform, is now available in a “tech preview” from IBM. 

An incubation project within Cloud Foundry Foundation, Eirini enables pluggable scheduling for the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime. With Eirini, Cloud Foundry users can choose between Diego and Kubernetes to orchestrate application container instances. Choose Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry applications are deployed to a Kubernetes back-end using OCI images and Kubernetes Deployments. Diego has served as the default scheduler for the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime. The goal behind Eirini is to ensure that users have the same experience regardless of which scheduler is used.

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04/11/2019   eWeek Cloud News
TREND ANALYSIS: Qualcomm is working on applying quantum field theory to deep-learning AI. This is an enormous potential game changer in several real-world scenarios.
04/11/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: There are lots of functions currently being conducted in the cloud. One of them that doesn't get a lot of attention is document capture, something every business has to handle.
04/11/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Google has released the production version of its Anthos platform for managing multicloud applications.

Formerly known as Google Cloud Services Platform, Anthos is a Kubernetes-powered technology to build and manage hybrid applications, for on-premises or cloud deployments. Anthos is available on Google Cloud Platform with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), adding infrastructure around Kubernetes.

Anthos also can manage workloads on third-party clouds, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. With Anthos, IT resources are put into a consistent framework for management, development, and control, with low-value and insecure tasks automated across on-premise sand Google Cloud infrastructure.

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04/10/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Kubernetes has many core abstractions, sometimes called primitives, that make the experience of deploying and managing applications so much better than what came before. Understanding these abstractions helps you take full advantage of Kubernetes and also avoid complexity—especially when running stateful applications like databases, data analytics, big data applications, streaming engines, machine learning, and AI apps.

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04/09/2019   eWeek Cloud News
The OpenStack Stein release introduces new multi-cloud orchestration capabilities, as well as enhancements to help enable edge computing use-cases.
04/09/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Google has expanded its serverless compute options with the addition of Cloud Run, a managed compute service that lets you run stateless containers that are invocable via HTTP requests. Cloud Run is also available on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), allowing you to run containerized HTTP workloads on a managed Kubernetes cluster.

Cloud Run lets developers take advantage of the portability of containers and the velocity of serverless computing. Now in beta, Cloud Run provides for automated provisioning and scaling of workloads, with users paying only for the resources their containers actually use. On GKE, Cloud Run allows stateless HTTP workloads to run on existing Kubernetes clusters, with users having access to custom machine types, Google Compute Engine networks, and the ability to run side-by-side with other workloads in the same cluster.

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04/09/2019   eWeek Cloud News
Google wants to bridge the gap and complexity of managing the cloud and on-premises applications with Anthos, a hybrid cloud platform based on the earlier Google Cloud Services.
04/09/2019   eWeek Cloud News
Google aims to boost the utility and features of its Google Cloud Platform by partnering with seven leading open-source providers of cloud services and also released Cloud Run, the latest member of Google’s serverless compute stack.
04/09/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: The ITU has just approved Amazon’s plans for a network of 3,200 internet satellites, while the FCC has approved constellations of nearly 12,000 for SpaceX and 650 for OneWeb resulting in global coverage.
04/09/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I’ve been working with new trendy tech for years, and one of the things that’s been driving me crazy is not the speed at which things move but the fact that my clients want to keep up at any cost.

There are several new features (aka cloud services) that are announced or released from public cloud providers monthly, not just at their user conferences: new database services, new AI services, new blockchain services, new serverless services, new container services. It’s becoming both exciting and confusing at the same time.

The trouble is that enterprise IT tries to keep up and ends up using features that it doesn’t really need, which hurt its ability to use cloud computing effectively. For example, I’m now running into many enterprises that are looking for a place to bolt on a machine learning service, when none is really called for.

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04/08/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Aruba held its Atmosphere user event last week in Las Vegas. Top themes at the event included WiFi, IoT, cloud, security and SD-WAN for SD-Branch.
04/08/2019   eWeek Cloud News
JOIN US: This is a chat-based conversation about how we realistically are going to be storing our business and personal data in places where it will be safe and accessible for years to come. Can the cloud handle all of this? Doubtful.
04/05/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

According to Gartner Research, from now until the year 2022, 85 percent of AI projects will deliver erroneous outcomes due to bias in data, algorithms, or the teams responsible for managing them. Moreover, 85 percent of Americans currently use at least one AI-powered device, program, or service, the Gallup polling organization reports.

This bias is something I’ve known for a while as I followed AI systems from the late 1980s. The fact of the matter is that people program and teach AI systems, so those AI systems will tend to have the innate biases of the people who teach them.

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04/04/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cloud Native Buildpacks, an open source technology inspired by Heroku and Cloud Foundry buildpacks and intended to unify the buildpack ecosystem, has moved to a public beta release stage. The Cloud Native Buildpacks project was begun by Heroku and Pivotal and later joined the Cloud Native Sandbox under the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.   

Buildpacks provide a higher level of abstraction for building container images than a Dockerfile, Docker’s native method. Cloud Native Buildpacks were designed to provide a platform-to-buildpack API contract that takes source code and outputs Docker images to run on cloud platforms supporting OCI (Open Container Initiative) images. Cloud Native Buildpacks take advantage of standard container capabilities such as cross-repository blob mounting and image layer rebasing on Docker v2 API registries.

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04/03/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Kubernetes is a popular open source platform for container orchestration — that is, for the management of applications built out of multiple, largely self-contained runtimes called containers. Containers have become increasingly popular since the Docker containerization project launched in 2013, but large, distributed containerized applications can become increasingly difficult to coordinate. By making containerized applications dramatically easier to manage at scale, Kubernetes has become a key part of the container revolution.

What is container orchestration?

Containers support VM-like separation of concerns but with far less overhead and far greater flexibility. As a result, containers have reshaped the way people think about developing, deploying, and maintaining software. In a containerized architecture, the different services that constitute an application are packaged into separate containers and deployed across a cluster of physical or virtual machines. But this gives rise to the need for container orchestration—a tool that automates the deployment, management, scaling, networking, and availability of container-based applications.

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04/02/2019   Virtualization
The Xen Project is continuing to enhance performance and boost security in its latest open-source hypervisor release.
04/02/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

One of the hip terms that you hear a great deal in Silicon Valley is “fail fast.” This means to find out what does not work so you can move on to what does. It’s solid advice, for the most part.

However, failing in some enterprises’ IT shops may get you put out of the organization, so many IT pros avoid failure at any cost—or at least never declare failure, even if it means spending millions of dollars in dealing with ineffective systems that are costly to run or even hurt the business.

For the cloud, you need to know when to declare a “fail,” when to hit the reset button and start from the beginning when doing migrations.

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03/29/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

When you move, you have a few choices of what to do with all the stuff you’ve accumulated. You could sell or donate most of the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Or, you could just move it, because you don’t have the time or the energy to figure out what you keep and how to dispose of what you don’t want.

Most enterprises migrate their data to the public cloud in that second way: they just cart it all from the data center to the cloud. Often, there is no single source of truth in the on-premises databases, so all the data is moved to the public cloud keeps all its redundancies.

Although it’s an architectural no-no, the reality is that most systems are built in silos, which is where the redundancies come from. They often create their own version of common enterprise data, such as customer data, order data, and invoice data.

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03/27/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A microservices architecture fosters the building of software applications as a suite of independent, fine-grained, and autonomous services. Therefore, when we build a real-world business use case, the microservices that comprise the application have to communicate with each other. With the proliferation of fine-grained services, integrating microservices and building inter-service communication has become one of the most challenging tasks in the realization of microservices architectures.

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03/25/2019   Virtualization
Kubernetes 1.14 introduces new features and a new process for the open-source container orchestration platform to determine which enhancements will land in upcoming releases.